Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Per L&M Companion:
Commissioned to the 'Vanguard' 1665.
WHITY, John, — commanded the Vanguard in 1665; but nothing farther is known of him: and we have some reason to doubt whether such a person ever existed, for in the same year we find
WHITTY, Thomas, — who is said to have commanded the Vanguard in the same year, and to have fallen in the long and unhappy action between the duke of Albemarle and the Dutch in the month of June 1666. The singularity of two persons with names so nearly similar (And of one of which persons no other particulars are known than merely that he did command a ship of that name.), commanding the same ship in the same year, induce us to believe the first of them to have been erroneously inserted.
---Biographia Navalis. J. Charnock, 1794.
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